K V Akshara

Born 24th April 1960, Akshara K V got his BA in literature at Sagara and then got theatre training at National School of Drama, New Delhi and MA in theatre arts from the Workshop Theatre, University of Leeds, UK. He is associated with the Ninasam group of organisations as a teacher and theatre director as well as an administrator. He also heads Akshara Prakashana, a prominent publishing house in the Kannada language.

He has written five plays, directed more than 50 productions in Kannada, has taught theatre at Ninasam and elsewhere, and has presented papers in various seminars. He has published more than 30 books in Kannada, related to literature, theatre, cinema, culture and has translated essays and books related to culture and society from English. Three of his books have received the Karnataka Sahitya Akademi award, and he is also a recipient of the Karnataka Nataka Academy fellowship and the central Sangeet Natak Akademi Award. He has also received V M Inamdar Award, Kanthavara Kannada Sangha Award, B H Sridhara Prashasti and Alva’s Nudisiri Prashasti for his work in theatre and literature.

At present lives at Mundigesara, near Heggodu, with his mother, wife, son, daughter-in-law and grandson.